2020 is finally here, and with it arrives another chance to tackle a fresh batch of New Year’s Resolutions. Welcome 716 has a few suggestions to give you that much needed boost when you start feeling a little less motivated.

by Meg Bennett

We know how hard it can be to stay committed to resolutions. Writing them down in a safe place or making notes on your phone are a couple of ways to check in with yourself and keep yourself accountable!

It’s the Year 2020! What is your perfect vision for the New Year? Do you have diet and fitness goals? Are you hoping to travel somewhere new? There are so many ways to better your life this year! If you are struggling to pin down exactly what your heart is yearning to do, here are a few more ideas to help you round out your thoughts:

Refresh the mind, body and spirit at Excuria Salon and Spa – Buffalo’s only world class, full service salon and day spa

Begin practicing self-care

Life won’t slow down on its own every time you need to catch your breath unless you commit to making room in your busy schedule for down time. Why not book a revitalizing experience at Excuria Salon & Spa? Here you will receive the care your body has been yearning for! Services include hair, skin, body and nails. Enjoy a Signature HydraFacial, Swedish massage, Seasonal Bodywrap, herbal steam shower, blow dry styling, expert makeup application, and many other remedies. A wide assortment of spa packages will have you feeling brand new and ready to take on the rest of your 2020 goals!

Located at 5725 Main Street in Williamsville. Open Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit www.excuriaspa.com or call 716-839-3106.

Old Editions Bookshop & Gallery isn’t your ordinary bookstore! Offering used and rare books, prints and artwork, first editions, signed books, historical documents, autographs, collectible magazines, postcards and memorabilia, it’s a fascinating one stop shop 

Read more books

Whether you enjoy getting lost in a fantasy novel or prefer sharpening your knowledge with nonfiction, there are so many reasons to get swept up in a reading goal this year! Start yourself off on the right foot by treating yourself to a fresh stack of amazing, well taken care of books from Old Editions Bookshop & Gallery. Here you will find rare, first edition, and signed books as well as collectible magazines, historical documents, and other literary treasures. New books are nice, but there’s something magical (and sometimes even mysterious) about opening a book that has a history behind it. Old Editions Bookshop & Gallery is the perfect place to take a dip in the magic that living history can bring.

Located at 954 Oliver Street in North Tonawanda. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and also by appointment. For more information, please visit www.oldeditions.com or call 716-842-1734.

Nothing is more inspiring than learning from a master who loves his craft. If you love food (you are human, aren’t you?), you’re in luck: Buffalo is home to Frenchie, a classically trained French chef who holds cooking classes for everything from French onion soup to chocolate bonbons. He could probably teach a penguin to fly, so fear not if you’re kitchen-averse

Learn how to cook

Some of us didn’t inherit Grandma’s cooking skills and it shows…but before you throw your smoke detector out the window, first try booking a class at Pastry by Camille! Come and learn how to prepare delicious dishes like French Onion Soup, Boeuf Bourguignon, and Filet Mignon & Gratins Dauphinois! Bake crusty baguettes and flaky croissants, or train your hands to whip up romantic desserts like crepes, Galette des Rois, Chocolate Bonbons and Macarons! Just remember: it’s never too early to start preparing for Valentine’s Day!

You can find the class schedule on the Pastry by Camille website!

Located at 1416 Hertel Ave in Buffalo. Master Classes typically take place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 6 to 8. For more information, please visit www.pastrybycamille.com or call 716-551-0500.

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has a huge assortment of offerings for the general public, including learning some gardening skills

Get in touch with nature

As much as all of us would love to stop and smell the flowers right now after a busy holiday season, it’s still cold in Buffalo Niagara! One great way to ward off those wintertime blues is to pay a visit to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Designed after the Crystal Palace in England, the museum hosts a wide assortment of horticulture, including palms, tropical fruit trees, bamboo, bonsai, cacti, succulents, ivy, carnivorous plants, medicinal plants, begonias, orchids and so much more! Also be sure to check out some of the amazing upcoming events such as Lumagination, Kids Day, and Tuesday night yoga. Talk about revitalizing!

Located at 2655 South Park Avenue in Buffalo. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12.50/Adult, $11/Senior, $11/Students, $7/Kids (ages 3 to 12), and Free for Children 2 and under. For more information, please visit www.buffalogardens.com or call 716-827-1584.

CEPA Gallery’s classes and workshops cover a variety of subjects for students of all ages and skill levels, including film and digital photography, graphic design and advanced photography courses

Develop new art skills

It’s one thing to whip out your smartphone to capture everyday moments, and quite another to take expert photographs! At CEPA Gallery, instructors will teach you all the basics and beyond. Learn to take breathtaking photographs with a simple point-and-shoot camera. Get tips on how to gain confidence in using a digital SLR camera. Get a proper introduction to a photoshop and lightroom. Learn about poster design, black and white photography, and conceptual portraiture. Don’t have a fancy device? No worries – there’s even a class for mastering the art of iPhone photographs! Whether you are looking to develop career skills or upgrade your personal scrapbooking abilities, CEPA Gallery will teach you to capture the essence of every moment with the push of a button!

Located at 617 Main Street in Buffalo. For more information, please visit www.cepagallery.org or call 716-856-2717.

Grab the bull by the horns

Now that you have a few more ideas for your New Year’s resolutions, we hope that you are filled with excitement, motivation, peace, and a strong sense of adventure! As you continue to make plans for 2020, we encourage you to dream big, gather with your loved ones more often, and make sure that you make time in your calendar for plenty of wholesome fun! Best wishes to you in this new chapter of life!


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